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  • Civilian casualties from airstrikes grow in Iraq and Syria. But few are ever investigated

    Civilian casualties from airstrikes grow in Iraq and Syria. But few are ever investigated

    A recent airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq is believed to have caused more than 270 civilian deaths, a tragedy that provoked an international outpouring of grief and outrage. But the uproar over the March 17 deaths in the Jadidah neighborhood of Mosul masks a grim reality: Hundreds, and...

  • U.S. launches dozens of missiles at Syria in response to chemical weapons attack

    U.S. launches dozens of missiles at Syria in response to chemical weapons attack

    The Pentagon ordered dozens of cruise missiles launched against an airfield in central Syria late Thursday in retaliation for a gruesome poison gas attack this week that U.S. officials said was carried out by President Bashar Assad’s forces. President Trump authorized the attack, the most significant...

  • U.S. missile strike in Syria dashes hope of improving ties with Russia

    U.S. missile strike in Syria dashes hope of improving ties with Russia

    With President Trump’s decision to launch punishing missile strikes against Syrian leader Bashar Assad’s forces, the White House has angered Russia and probably dashed any hopes of improving ties with Moscow in the short term. Russia says it will suspend, starting Saturday, a communications hotline...

  • Syria crisis tests Trump's plan for a new world order

    Syria crisis tests Trump's plan for a new world order

    President Trump made an about-face in his approach to the Middle East by launching a fiery salvo of cruise missiles early Friday, and with it came relief to American allies — and many of the president’s critics at home — but its impact in Syria will ultimately depend on what Trump does next. Attacking...

  • Many in Israel cheer U.S. attack on Syria as a welcome sign of a more assertive key ally

    Many in Israel cheer U.S. attack on Syria as a welcome sign of a more assertive key ally

    Many Israeli political leaders and security experts hailed the U.S. missile strike on Syria as a sign of more forceful American involvement in the Middle East. The attack Friday was portrayed in some cases as a decisive statement by Israel’s all-important ally, showing a willingness to reassert...

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